Digital Image – The Owl Nebula

This is Messier 97, better known as the Owl Nebula in Ursa Major. This objects is a planetary nebula located approximately 2,030 light years from Earth. When William Parsons, 3rd Earl of Rosse, observed the nebula through his Leviathan telescope in 1848, his hand-drawn illustration resembled an owl’s head. It has been known as the Owl Nebula ever since. The nebula is approximately 8,000 years old.

Here’s a close cropped image of the nebula.


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Image Info

Canon 60D with an Astronomik CLS filter, at the prime focus of the KPO 18″ Reflector. 57 subframes of 120 seconds each, for a total integration time of 114 minutes, just shy of 2 hours. Captured and stacked in Nebulosity, processed in StarTools, and finished in Aperture.

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